Cyclone Fani: Odisha government announces financial compensation for affected families

first_img For Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts, which were moderately affected, ₹500 and an additional one month quota of rice will be provided to people in these districts.“In all the affected districts, one month additional pension and house building assistance as per relief code that is ₹95,100 for fully damaged structures, ₹5200 for partially damaged structures and ₹3200 for minor damages will be made available,” he said.The houses completely damaged will be reconstructed under housing schemes expeditiously. Loss of agricultural and horticultural crops and animal fisheries will be assessed and compensated accordingly, Mr. Patnaik said, adding that the plantation will be taken up in mission mode soon after the relief and restoration.The cries for water and power got shriller with the State government facing a huge task to restore normalcy. Puri pummeled by cyclone Fani, suffers colossal damage The Odisha government on Sunday announced additional one month quota of rice and ₹1000 to families affected by cyclone Fani, as the situation remained critical 48 hours after the storm made landfall in coastal Odisha.“The district of Puri and parts of Khordha have been severely affected. For all families covered under food security, an additional one month quota of rice plus ₹1000 and polythene will be provided,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.Also Readlast_img read more

‘Inadequate representation from Ahirwal belt in Haryana Cabinet’

first_imgThe Haryana Congress has accused the newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party and Jannayak Janta Party government in the State of neglecting the Ahirwal belt across Gurugram, Rewari and Mahendergarh districts in the recent Cabinet expansion.Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Vedprakash Vidhrohi, in a press statement, said on Friday that the Ahirwal region had got the weakest representation in the Council of Ministers in the present government in the 53-year-old history of the State. He said the participation of the Ahirwal region, dominated by the Yadavs, in the Cabinet appeared for namesake only with two Ministers allocated insignificant portfolios.Ten Ministers, including eight from the BJP and one from the JJP, were inducted into the Council of Ministers on Thursday. Bawal MLA Banwari Lal and Narnaul MLA Om Prakash Yadav, both from the BJP, are the only two legislators inducted into the Cabinet from the Ahirwal region.Mr. Lal is a Cabinet-rank Minister for Cooperatives, while Mr. Yadav is Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment with independent charge.In the outgoing Vidhan Sabha, the region was represented by Badshahpur MLA and PWD Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Mahendgarh MLA and Education Minister Rambilas Sharma and Mr. Lal, who was Minister of State for Public Health with independent charge. While Mr. Singh was denied ticket by the party, Mr. Sharma lost the election.Mr. Vidhrohi said that three Ministers representing the Ahirwal region in the previous government had important portfolios.BJP infighting blamedBlaming the diminishing political stature of the region on the infighting in the BJP, Mr. Vidhrohi said political leaders in Ahirwal belt had harmed the interests of the area in their fight for political one-upmanship. Gurugram BJP MP and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh is a prominent Ahirwal leader in the region.He added that the poor representation of the region in the Cabinet underscored the priorities of the present government that too when the BJP had bagged eight out of the eleven seats in the three districts.last_img read more

Leela Naidu signed on by award-winning director Muzzafar Ali for his next film Daaman

first_imgEn famille at the Asiad: Mrs Gandhi with Rahul and Rajiv with PriyankaThe universal language of sport was never demonstrated more forcibly than at last fortnight’s spectacular Asian Games. And the one family that proved the point the most was India’s first family. In fact, it appeared that matters of,En famille at the Asiad: Mrs Gandhi with Rahul and Rajiv with PriyankaThe universal language of sport was never demonstrated more forcibly than at last fortnight’s spectacular Asian Games. And the one family that proved the point the most was India’s first family. In fact, it appeared that matters of state were temporarily put on the back burner as the Gandhi clan, ranging from the prime minister down to her grandchildren Rahul, and Priyanka, popped up regularly in the various stadia, watching the proceedings with as much enthusiasm as any sports buff. They were frequently accompanied by filmdom’s first family the Bachchans. Priyanka, clutching a sheaf of Indian flags which she waved vigorously each time India did well; Rahul instructing an amused Mrs Gandhi on the finer points of a particular event and Sonia applauding with obvious delight at the more memorable moments. Rajiv, of course, was all over the place, twin walkie talkies ever at hand, or rather, hands. The only clan member conspicuous by her absence was Maneka. But that, as they say is a different ball game.Naidu: Back on screenShe was once the rage of the silver screen and gave it all up for a marriage to writer Dom Moraes. After years of relative obscurity she emerged again, this time in cold print. Beginning with editing Society and later Keynote, which was a colossal failure, Leela Naidu, the fair and fragile yesteryear star, tried her hand at documentary film making. Last fortnight, she was again in the news after she was signed on by award-winning director Muzzafar Ali for his next film Daaman. This time round though Naidu was cast not as the leading lady but in a character role. In the lead are Zeenat Aman, Saeed Jaffrey and Suresh Oberoi. And Naidu plays Zeenat’s mother in the film, which begins shooting next January. Says Naidu about her doing a character role: “I am delighted because ideally every role, whether you play an 18-year-old or an 80-year-old, is a character role. And the kind of roles they make our heroines do are non-roles.”advertisementPrabhakar: Singing hoarseIt took London by storm and continues performing to vigorous applause. And for those who missed it in London there is yet a desi version. For Alyque Padamsee, Bombay’s whizz-kid adman and theatrewalla, the directing of Evita, an opera based on one-time first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron could well be his crowning glory in the world of theatre. Padamsee has roped in singer-actress Sharon Prabhakar to play the lead, in the one-woman rock opera, which is scheduled to open for public performance in January. Svelte glamour girl, Prabhakar has in the past meddled with the stage, films, edited a magazine, cut a disc on nursery rhymes for oriental melodies and has been voice training under operatta Hyacinth Brown since May for Evita. And starring opposite Prabhakar is model-adman Dilip Tahil, who plays the narrator Che Guevara. Cooed Prabhakar: “It’s the biggest role I’ve ever taken on. It’s such a challenge for me that I am living and breathing Evita.”last_img read more

Devils Bedevil The Sabres, 4-1

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Patrik Elias was in a reflective mood after notching his 1,000th NHL point.Elias had a goal and two assists, and the New Jersey Devils beat the struggling Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Jan. 6.“I don’t think I ever considered myself a goal scorer, coming here when I was 19 years old,” said Elias, who notched No. 399. “I love playing hockey, being a playmaker. I never imagined I’d be in this position.”Now in his 17th season — all with the Devils — Elias reached the milestone in his 1,187th game.“It’s special to do it for one team,” the 38-year-old Elias said. “Sometimes it’s hard to score, the way we’ve played our systems. You have great years, you have injuries. You have to battle through it. It’s not easy to get to 1,000 points.”Travis Zajac and Michael Cammalleri each had a goal and an assist.“When a guy’s played 1,000 games, that’s a really great career,” Cammalleri said. “Now 1,000 points, that’s a whole other level. There’s a lot that goes into that. It’s quite an accomplishment for him.”Jordin Tootoo also scored as the Devils won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 14. Cory Schneider made 20 saves.It seems as though the Devils need a milestone from a veteran to get a victory these days.The modest two-game streak began Jan. 3 against Philadelphia when 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr scored three times and became the oldest NHL player to have a hat trick.On Jan. 5, Mikhail Grigorenko netted his first goal of the season for the Sabres, who have lost five straight and are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.“We’re not playing within our system,” defenseman Tyler Myers said. “We’re not doing things we normally do. I think it all comes down to preparation.”Myers returned to the Buffalo lineup after missing seven games with a lower-body injury.The Devils dominated the first period, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and outshooting the Sabres 13-4. Elias had a goal and an assist in the frame. He opening the scoring at 3:44, redirecting Cammalleri’s pass between Jhonas Enroth’s pads.Tootoo made it 2-0 at 9:49 with a wrist shot from above the left circle that sailed over Enroth’s glove. Schneider earned the second assist, giving him his first point with the Devils.With New Jersey short-handed, Elias chipped the puck out the Devils end and sent Zajac on his way to a breakaway goal at 14:39.“The reason we got the results early is that we played the way we like to play,” Cammalleri said. “We made strong decisions with the puck, and we wound up on the positive end of things.”Buffalo regrouped to start the second period, and Philip Varone and Chris Stewart tested Schneider in the opening minutes.The Sabres’ persistence paid off when Grigorenko ripped a power-play shot from the high slot past Schneider at 6:40 to trim the Devils’ lead to 3-1.Buffalo again pressed the attack midway through the third period, and came close to scoring when Varone hit the post.“We only played 40 minutes tonight and you need to play 60,” Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers said. “We had some opportunities, some good chances. We just came out too soft, and they took it to us.”The Sabres couldn’t break through again, and Cammalleri iced the game for New Jersey with an empty-net goal. That gave Elias the milestone assist as he became the 82nd player to reach 1,000 points.(MIKE FARRELL)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Russia Handed Suspended Euro 2016 Disqualification

first_imgPARIS (REUTERS).  Russia could be thrown out of Euro 2016 if their fans cause further trouble inside a stadium after UEFA imposed a suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro (119,066.15 pounds)fine on the Russian Football Union (RFU) on Tuesday.Masked Russia supporters charged at England fans, punching and kicking them, after the final whistle of the 1-1 Group B draw at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday.Russia’s fans were also involved in violent clashes with England supporters in the port city before and after the match.“Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against the RFU (Russian Football Union),” UEFA said in a statement, adding its ethics committee had imposed a suspended disqualification and fine.“Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament,” it added.The violence in the stadium followed three days of clashes between English, Russian and French fans in the Mediterranean port city that drew a strong response from riot police.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that some football fans will be deported from France after violent clashes marred the start of the Euro 2016 tournament, and a group of Russia fans was detained near Cannes on the French Riviera.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Why Liverpool chose Klopp over axed Ancelotti

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti Why Liverpool chose Jurgen Klopp instead of axed Ancelotti Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 16:20 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Jurgen Klopp Carlo Ancelotti 02042014 Getty Carlo Ancelotti Jürgen Klopp Bayern München Liverpool Opinion Bayern made the appointment Liverpool decided against because, despite his European distinctions, the Italian is a director rather than a sculptor When Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Guus Hiddink’s interim spell as manager of Chelsea in the summer of 2009, his vision was to teleport the diamond system he utilised with AC Milan to Stamford Bridge. Quickly, though, that priority was panned as Frank Lampard and other senior players felt it didn’t suit their strengths.The ability of the Italian to shapeshift to appease his stars, coaxing the best out of them en route to a record-breaking Premier League season, was heralded as his core “brilliance” by the former England midfielder, who declared him “a players’ manager” while admitting the 58-year-old was never as structured nor studious as Jose Mourinho.Liverpool 33/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Andrea Pirlo, who spent nearly a decade under Ancelotti’s tutelage, remarked it was “like rediscovering your father again” when their paths intertwined, while Cristiano Ronaldo – who the ‘gentleman’ admitted he never needed to tinker with and simply kept the forward “ticking over” – wanted him to be spared the sack at Real Madrid.Great coach and amazing person. Hope we work together next season. pic.twitter.com/HqHHGjGGUH — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 23, 2015 That is an enviable – albeit severely shortened – list of the game’s premier artists that have appreciated the understated, genial approach of the two-time Serie A Coach of the Year.However, the gift of eliciting the maximum out of a strong dressing room without needing to impose yourself is only such when everything is smooth.It morphs into the reverse when regeneration, revision and a rooted belief in a blueprint is required to ensure longer-term progress.And with Ancelotti not having not lasted beyond two seasons at Parma, Juventus, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid as well as Bayern Munich, who axed him on Thursday, his speciality as a facilitator rather than a founder has again come to the fore.Carlo AncelottiIt is why when Fenway Sports Group considered a replacement for Brendan Rodgers in October 2015, they deduced the three-time Champions League winner was a manager of great clubs, but not the great manager they required.He had unquestionable pedigree on the continent, automatically garners respect, and would’ve represented Liverpool with characteristic class in the technical area and beyond.But it was also apparent that his principle attribute at the super clubs – dealing with gigantic egos and names – would be superfluous at Melwood.The Reds needed a strong hand, not a soft one – especially after witnessing Rodgers stray so far away from his methodology under pressure.Ancelotti, despite insisting neither him nor his representatives were in contact with the Premier League side, was always behind Jurgen Klopp in FSG’s preference, but he was definitely in the conversation.Where the German had the conviction that he could be the catalyst for individual and collective improvement at the club, as well as implement an immediate blueprint mirrored by the Academy that would stand the longevity test, Liverpool’s hierarchy believed the Reggiolo-born mentor’s success would pivot around investment.Jurgen Klopp Pep GuardiolaAncelotti actually commended the Merseysiders’ decision to hire the German saying: “They made the right appointment in Klopp. He is a good manager.“With the best managers you see their identity in their team. Klopp’s [Borussia] Dortmund team had a very strong identity.”Essentially, that is what Bayern found difficult to distinguish from Ancelotti’s spell at the Allianz Arena. While they had craved peace following the tactical tornado that was Pep Guardiola, with the players initially enjoying the less intense, demanding preparations, the absence of a solid stratagem became increasingly alarming.Ancelotti had brought “freedom” as referenced in interviews given by several members of the squad from Franck Ribery to Rafinha, but that was never going to be enough to keep a powerhouse competitive as their rivals pressed forward.Uli Hoeness Carlo Ancelotti PSThe consistent education under Guardiola had ceased, and with the group no longer challenged or on a course of advancement, the “players’ manager” whose career in the dugout had spanned over two decades, was ultimately undone by his chief asset.Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben and others had either overtly or otherwise revealed their frustrations as performances deteriorated while the faith in him diminished.Bayern president Uli Hoeness said in the aftermath of the sacking: “I’ve learned a saying in my life – the enemy in your bed is the most dangerous. Therefore we had to act.“As coach, you can’t have your most prominent players as opponents.”Liverpool knew in 2015 that Ancelotti largely represented the way of the past rather than the future. Considering Bayern’s top candidates are the innovative Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, it seems as though they have belatedly reached the same conclusion.last_img read more

‘Ronaldo is extraordinary, but Messi the best’

first_imgLionel Messi Ronaldo is extraordinary, but Messi is the best – Sampaoli Ryan Benson 18:05 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Atlético Madrid v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Atlético Madrid Primera División The debate about the best player in the world is a divisive one, but the Argentina manager thinks it is hard to look further than Barcelona’s talisman Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is adamant that Lionel Messi has been “the best player in the world” ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo over the last 10 years.Messi and Ronaldo are the two frontrunners for the 2017 Ballon d’Or, with the Real Madrid and Portugal star thought to be the favourite due to his Champions League triumph.Ronaldo will go level on five Ballon d’Or wins with Messi should he collect the gong this year, with his Champions League and Euro 2016 victories helping him to his success last year. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But for Sampaoli, there is no doubt which of them is the better player, with Messi coming out on top despite Ronaldo’s obvious “extraordinary” qualities.Sampaoli told Omnisport: “Cristiano is an extraordinary player, but I think and feel that in the last 10 years Messi was the best player in the world, but it is my opinion, by statistics, by amount of goals, assists, flair, style, but it is a particular thought of mine.Jorge Sampaoli Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo bestOne criticism often levelled at Messi is the fact he is yet to win a major tournament with Argentina, something some believe removes him from the debate of greatest players ever.But Sampaoli thinks Messi’s general achievements speak for themselves as does not believe the Barcelona star needs to have international success to be considered the best.He said: “I think in every time there is a footballer who is considered the best: Pele, Maradona and Messi now.”But now he has remained 10 years in Europe, being the best player in the world, scoring more than 500 goals in this so complicated European football.”So you don’t have to have a World Cup to be the best in the world.”last_img read more

a month agoLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepe

first_imgLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Osimhen is eager to avoid comparisons with Nicolas Pepe at Lille.Pepe left LOSC for Arsenal as Osimhen arrived from Charleroi.With five goals in five Ligue 1 games, the Nigerian striker is following in Pepe’s footsteps and said, “I have a lot of respect for Nicolas Pépé, for all that he brought to the club. “Many people think that I am replacing him but I am here with another name and to write my own story. “We have different profiles, we are not the same players. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

What Tom Herman Said In Response To The Ohio State Allegations

first_imgA closeup of Texas Longhorns coach Tom HermanAUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Tom Herman and his wife, Michelle Herman, found themselves at the center of some serious college football drama on Saturday.Ohio State reporter Jeff Snook reported on Facebook on Saturday that the Texas head coach was the person who leaked news of domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy.Herman and McMurphy have since denied the allegations.“It is absolutely untrue. Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State,” Herman said.McMurphy also tweeted:“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source.”Herman’s wife, Michelle, reportedly sent the following message to Jeff Snook:Reached via instant message Saturday, Michelle Herman answered, “This is BS — we had no reason good enough to do that to Shelley or Urban.”Stay tuned.last_img read more

New Music Monday: Heartless Bastards

first_img Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About 8 Best Movies to Watch this Summer for a Day Out of the Sun Heartless Bastards’ fifth album, titled Restless Ones and coming out June 16th via Partisan Records, reveals an experienced group fully in touch with one another’s abilities. The band’s sound remains within their roots rock wheelhouse but betrays no lack of creativity.“Hi-Line,” Restless Ones‘ fourth track, is straightforward alt-country given an extra jolt thanks to vocalist Erika Wennerstrom’s voice and lyrics. The track, along with the rest of the album, sees her exploring as-yet-unvisited avenues of sound and sensation, her bravery and ambition readily apparent in the emotional timbre and the sheer physicality of her songs.“Hi-Line” is surrounded by two of the catchiest tracks on the album, “Black Cloud” and “Journey.” Both songs, like much of the album, deal with personal realizations Wennerstrom had in the time between the release of Heartless Bastard’s previous album, Arrow, and the recording of Restless Ones. “Black Cloud” features the lines, “I had spun out and filled myself with doubt. I was standing in the doorway with the key to my own suffering, and I said to myself, ‘There’s no use trying to be what you want me to be,” while “Journey’s” reminds the listener that the “journey is the destination.”These are familiar sentiments, and as the saying goes, “familiarity breeds contempt.” It is simple to be contemptuous of those feelings, but Wennerstrom’s voice does not allow for it. These mantras are true for Wennerstrom, and the power in her singing communicates not just the idea but the experience, too.The band released the music video for the album’s first single, “Gates of Dawn,” on May 14 and Restless Ones comes out June 16 on Partisan Records. The video is viewable below, and the album is available for preorder on Amazon, iTunes, and Partisan.last_img read more

E A Gibson Goes Solo

first_imgzoom The UK shipbroker E A Gibson separated from its oil services parent company Hunting Plc, ending ”121 years of a very unique relationship,” the company said in a release.The shipbroker said that the time was right to change direction and take the company out of a stock listed framework of ownership and into employee ownership.The company has rejected the stock listed, and partnership and management buyout options as the way forward for Gibson, in favour of an employee ownership structure.Through its offices in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Houston, Gibson focuses its activities on crude, clean and dirty products, veg oils, lubes, chemicals, LPG, LPG product broking, LNG, offshore, dry bulk, sale and purchase, period and projects and research and consultancy.last_img

RCMP remind public that vigilante justice could be considered a criminal offence

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are thanking the public for the report of a malnourished dog.On June 15, RCMP seized the dog and took it to the North Peace SPCA shelter.Police say SPCA staff brought the 16-year-old dog to a local veterinarian office to be examined and found the dog to be in very poor health. It was determined that the most compassionate plan of action was for the dog to be euthanized.RCMP contacted the owner and learned they had been MedEvac and hospitalized for the past two months. The owner entrusted their dog to the care of others on short notice while receiving medical care.Since then, the RCMP responded to a report of a mischief file at the owner’s address where a vehicle was vandalized as a result of some member of the public’s perceived lack of care for the dog.RCMP remind the public that residents should channel their frustrations in a more constructive manner and not to seek retaliation or revenge when only knowing one side of the story.Police say vigilante justice is not acceptable and, depending on the actions taken, could be prosecuted as a criminal offence.last_img read more

This Is Why King Mohammed VI Just Sacked 3 Ministers and

Rabat – Marred by sluggishness and the lack of coherence, cooperation, and a strategic vision, the Manarat Al Moutawsit development project in Al Hoceima has fallen short, driving King Mohammed VI to sack a number of ministers and senior officials accountable for the project’s “dysfunctions.”Ill omens had been evident since the program’s preparatory phase, which took place between 2014 and 2015. The number of projects chosen as part of the Manarat Al Moutawsit “did not meet a strategic vision integrated and shared by all stakeholders,” said the Court of Auditors in a report presented to the King on Tuesday.On October 17, 2015 the Framework Convention of the project was signed in Tetouan, during which the Ministry of the Interior and the Wilaya of the Region presented to the King the general framework of the project. Yet essential documents were missing, such as an exhaustive list of projects to be carried out, their consistency, updated cost estimates, and a budget. To oversee the project, the convention set a supervision and monitoring committee chaired by the governor of the province of Al Hoceima and a central monitoring commission.The Court of Auditors ruled that the committee should have been headed by the Minister of the Interior, and not the governor of the province, “especially during the start-up phase to deal with the constraints relating to the consistency of projects, the mobilization of land, financing, and finding the necessary solutions in case of difficulties.This committee was also unable to mobilize the other partners for “actual contribution and reactivity,” nor was it capable of giving “the necessary momentum to launch the program on a solid foundation.”Adding to this, the court noted that the estimated schedule of the planned projects and their budgets were not announced until the meeting of the Commission Monitoring Center held in February 2017 – that is, 16 months after the signing of the convention.Procrastination and Petty ExcusesThe implementation of the program has suffered a slow start, asserts the court.From the signing of the Framework Convention until February 2017, the Court of Auditors noted that most stakeholders at both central and locals levels had significant delays in carrying out their duties.By the end of 2016, there were only five fully implemented projects, at a budget of MAD 146.8 million, and 45 ongoing projects at MAD 565 million, out of a total 644 projects planned.Stakeholders justified the delay by citing an alleged “non-compliance programming of budgetary appropriations and difficulties in mobilizing land,” which the Court found to be “baseless.”Further, at the end of September 2017, 12 agreements were signed by different stakeholders with the Agency for the Promotion and Development of the North (APDN), which took over responsibility for management of a large number of the projects.The Court of Auditors considered that the decision to entrust the agency with the implementation of a significant number of projects, for a total amount of almost MAD 3 billion representing more than 46 percent of the overall budget, engendered risks in terms of monitoring, costs, and deadlines.The court noted the suspicious “eagerness” in the Ministries of Culture, the Environment, Health, Youth, and Sports, and others, to hand over their assigned projects to the APDN. “This eagerness implies that these departments want to do away with their commitments at the expense of the Agency, even though they have the required capacities and expertise to achieve similar projects by themselves, as they typically do throughout the national territory.”Upon receiving the report from the first president of the Court of Auditors, Driss Jettou, King Mohammed VI responded to the “serious dysfunctions” in the projects by sacking a significant number of ministers and high officials.The King said that he was “disappointed in their performance at their respective ministries and [he] would never again entrust them with any public missions.” read more

UN relief agencies appeal for at least 10 million to tackle Sudanese

17 August 2007United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are launching an appeal for more than $10 million to deal with widespread floods in Sudan that have destroyed thousands of homes and inundated farmlands, towns and villages. The UN has already allocated $4.76 million from its locally-managed Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to help in relief efforts, but the world body’s humanitarian arm says much more is needed as it joins NGOs in stepping up efforts to help the estimated 365,000 Sudanese who have been affected by the floods.Stephanie Bunker, a spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the humanitarian community is still assessing exactly what the overall needs are of the people affected. A particular concern is the provision of safe drinking water.“However, despite incomplete assessments, more than $10 million on the ground will be needed,” she said.The Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan says at least 30,000 homes have been destroyed by the floods, which began last month following torrential rains and have been concentrated in the east, centre and south of the country. Another 150,000 people have been left without shelter.More than 40,000 hectares of cropland has been damaged, while farmers have also lost over 12,000 livestock and 16,000 chickens.The UN is working closely with the Sudanese Government and aid groups to coordinate the relief response, particularly given forecasts that the country faces further serious flood threats until the end of the wet season next month. read more

Eritrea needs urgent help to stave off looming humanitarian crisis UN official

Faced with recovering from a devastating war with Ethiopia and a crop-killing drought, Eritrea requires urgent help from the international community to stave off a looming humanitarian disaster, a top United Nations relief official said today.”Right now, Eritreans need to commit many of their resources to coping with the residual effects of war, but can’t because of the drought. It makes my heart heavy to think what will happen a few months down the road if the international community does not respond quickly,” Kenzo Oshima, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said as he wrapped up his three-day mission to the country today.Eritrea was the last stop of a 12-day, four-nation tour through the Horn of Africa for Mr. Oshima, who went to the region to observe the effects of the drought and to mobilize international support for the countries suffering food shortages.While in Eritrea, Mr. Oshima discussed the humanitarian situation with President Isaias Afwerki, government officials, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donor representatives. He also visited the drought stricken areas of Gash Barka and Debub.”What we saw in Gash Barka and Debub Provinces left no doubt that the humanitarian situation in Eritrea is dire and requires urgent assistance from the international community,” he said. “The response must be broad enough to address the underlying factors that have made Eritrea so vulnerable to drought.”Mr. Oshima also saw near-total crop failure in Barentu, an area that traditionally produces 80 per cent of the country’s sorghum. Near Tsorona, a town trying hard to rebuild after being razed two years ago, he visited camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) unable to return home because their land has been mined or their homes destroyed.The Relief Coordinator underscored that, in responding to the crisis, food aid must be complemented by equally important programmes for water and sanitation, health and care of livestock. In addition to helping with immediate needs, he urged the government and the international community to tackle issues such as post-war reconstruction, the safe return of refugees and IDPs, landmines and poverty. “If issues like these are not addressed, we may well find ourselves with a similar emergency on our hands in a few years,” he warned.In November, the UN system is expected to launch a consolidated appeal for Eritrea, which will detail the number of people in need in 2003 and the plan for helping them. read more

Brock team Niagara company head to Queens Park to talk wine research

Could syrup that could potentially fight cancer be coming soon to a supermarket near you?Brock University biologist Jeff Stuart has teamed up with the Niagara-based company Sweet and Sticky to research ways of fortifying the company’s Cabernet Franc and Vidal ice syrups. Ice syrup is a non-alcoholic product made from icewine grapes that is sold as a gourmet ingredient throughout the world.Stuart, students Shehab Selim and Breanne Gillie, and Sweet and Sticky president Steve Murdza are heading to Queen’s Park Wednesday, Feb. 17 for an event showcasing research across Ontario.Stuart, who is a professor of Biological Sciences and a research fellow with Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, and his team are studying how to introduce resveratrol and other polyphenols extracted from grape skins into the company’s products.Resveratrol, a molecule that research has shown to slow the growth of cancer cells and tumours, is found in the “pomace” of grapes, that is, skins and seeds of the fruit remaining after grapes have been pressed.A good amount of resveratrol makes its way into wines – particularly reds – from pomace during the fermentation process of regular wine production, mainly because resveratrol is soluble in ethanol.But, “in ice syrup, the levels of resveratrol and related molecules are lower, because it’s not a fermentation process so there is no alcohol,” explains Stuart. “Our challenge was to increase these levels.”Since resveratrol is not soluble in water, Stuart and his team had to figure out a way to increase its concentration in ice syrup. They hit upon the idea of using a carrier molecule.“The carrier molecule is hydrophilic, so it likes to be in water,” explains Stuart. “One resveratrol molecule fits neatly inside the carrier molecule’s structure and there it is shielded from water while the outside structure of carrier is interacting with the surrounding water. This way the amount of resveratrol that can be packed into water, or ice syrup, is greatly increased. The carrier molecule is safe to consume and virtually tasteless itself.The carrier molecule’s structure is shaped like a donut or a life preserver, which has the added benefit of protecting resveratrol during the initial stages of digestion.“Once it gets into the GI tract the carrier molecule is metabolized and resveratrol is released and taken up into the bloodstream,” says Stuart. “Lots of times, molecules can have well-documented effects, but if you can’t get them to the sites where they exert these effects, then it doesn’t matter,” he says. The carrier helps resveratrol and other beneficial molecules to reach their site of absorption.“This is a way to go from having relatively low levels of these resveratrol molecules in ice syrup to having potentially more than is found in any wines,” explains Stuart.“With the recent bad press on sugar, this infused ice syrup product would actually allow the company to promote ice syrup as a sugar that could have the reality of being healthy for you,” says Sweet and Sticky president Steve Murdza.Stuart says he and his team still need to do more testing before their innovation makes its way into Sweet and Sticky’s products “but the preliminary results are promising and the research continues to be funded and to progress toward commercialization.”Student Gillie is excited about the research she and her colleagues have been conducting.“It obviously has big health implications but there are also ecological implications,” she says. “It’s a big way to reduce food waste that we put into the environment, and it creates an extra revenue stream for farmers, which is great.”The research team’s February 17 visit to Queen’s Park is part of Research Matters’ Queen’s Park Pop-Up Research Park, an annual event in which researchers from universities across Ontario showcase their work to politicians and policy makers.This year’s theme focuses on student involvement in university-industry/community partnerships.“I think it’s good that politicians are trying to learn more about science and it’s going to be interesting that we get to know more about politics,” says student Selim.Research Matters is a collaborative project among Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities to build new bridges between university researchers and the broader public. The Council of Ontario Universities coordinates the project.Brock University student Breanne Gillie harvests grapes for collaborative research between Brock’s CCOVI and the Sticky and Sweet company in Niagara. read more

Ohio States Jalin Marshall ready for extended role

Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter weeks of sharing the spotlight with Dontre Wilson, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall is set to have his own stage on Saturday.With sophomore H-back Wilson out for the foreseeable future with a broken foot, Marshall is expected to get the majority of the reps at H-back, something he said he is excited for.“When me and Dontre were sharing the position, we did share reps, so this just gives me the opportunity to play a little bit more,” Marshall said Wednesday. “I feel like I am ready to take on that role to play a little bit more at the H-back position.”Marshall has lined up in multiple spots all over the field this season, including quarterback in a wildcat formation.The Middletown, Ohio, native played quarterback throughout high school and threw for 2,240 yards as a senior.Marshall said he’s had fun taking on different roles in the offense.“I definitely enjoy it. It is fun for me to be at different positions around the field. I get a kick out of playing quarterback just because that is where I came from,” Marshall said. “Every time they say ‘go in at quarterback,’ I take it to the most advantage I can.”OSU coach Urban Meyer compared Marshall’s skill set to one of his former players and a current NFL star.“The thing I always look at is Joe Haden was a quarterback in high school. You’re not just going to put your best player out there for 30 plays a game at corner,” Meyer said. “If he’s a great player, he’s going to touch the football.”Marshall has gotten exactly 45 touches this season — 17 carries, 14 receptions, 11 punt returns, two kick returns and one pass attempt — and has scored three times in his first season of action as a Buckeye.Marshall said his experience at quarterback has helped him on the field this season at the H-back spot.“We are taught as receivers to read defenses because you have to know when you are getting the ball and when you are not,” Marshall said. “It helped me out a bit coming from the quarterback position.”He added that he tries to keep his arm warm on the sideline, just in case he is called upon to attempt a pass.“I try to swing it around a little bit, I don’t try to give it away to the fans as much,” Marshall said. “They are yelling down, ‘Jalin, throw one, throw one,’ I don’t control that so I just try to warm up a little bit with the quarterbacks before the game just in case I have to go out there and throw a pass.”Marshall has attempted one pass this season, as a throw downfield intended for redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas fell incomplete in a game against Illinois.After the game against the Fighting Illini, Meyer said Marshall’s role in the offense is expanding not only because of his skill set, but also because of necessity.“We’ve been working on Jalin playing quarterback first because he’s very talented,” Meyer said Nov. 1. “Second of all … you hear these stories, I’ve never been down to our third- and fourth-string quarterback, but you always try to be ready in case something happens. And he’s a gifted guy. So we’re going to expand his package each week.”Despite the excitement of extended playing time, Marshall said he and the Buckeyes are focused on the task at hand: beating Minnesota.“We got to take it one week at a time,” Marshall said. “This is a big game, Minnesota just cracked the top-25 (in the College Football Playoff rankings) and I feel like we have to prepare this week, just as we did last week.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at noon Saturday in Minneapolis. read more

Child sexual abuse victims denied compensation because they consented

first_imgHis father said: “CICA is in effect telling children ‘you are to blame’ for the abuse you’ve suffered”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One case highlighted by Victim Support involved a 12-year-old girl who was plied with alcohol, led into the woods and sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man. Despite the fact that the man pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13, the victim was denied compensation. This was because she had gone into the woods “voluntarily”, had not been a victim of violence, she emerged “happily” from the woods and that she had recently had sexual relations with another child around her own age.In another case a girl who was raped and sexually assaulted at the age of 14 by a gang of men aged over 30 was denied compensation because “she had not been the victim of non-consensual sexual acts”. In another case cited by Barnardo’s, a boy who was groomed online from the age of 13 and sexually exploited by 23 men, 21 of whom were found guilty of offences including grooming and sexual assault, was refused compensation because “on balance of probabilities the evidence suggests that [the child] consented in fact to the sexual contact with the individuals concerned.” A Freedom of Information request made by Victim Support showed that since the compensation scheme came into effect in 2012 693 cases where compensation for child sexual abuse was claimed from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority have been refused. The group of charities, which also includes Liberty  and the National Working Group, has written to Justice Secretary David Lidington asking for the guidelines to be changed.Dawn Thomas, Rape Crisis England & Wales co-chair said: “It’s not only bizarre but also inappropriate and harmful that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority applies a different definition of consent from the law and, as a result, routinely tell victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation that they consented to the sexual violence perpetrated against them.”An MoJ spokesman said: “Child sexual abuse is abhorrent and this government is committed to doing everything possible to support victims.“We will look closely at the concerns raised by these charities that some victims are not getting the compensation they deserve.“The issue of compensation for victims is currently being examined by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, and the Ministry of Justice is contributing to its important work.” Child victims of sexual abuse are being denied compensation because a Government agency rules that they “consented” to their abuse, a group of charities has warned. Charities including Barnardo’s, Victim Support and Rape Crisis say that children as young as 12 are being denied compensation because of evidence that they went along with their abuse.Children aged under 16 cannot consent to sexual activity under the law, unless they are aged over 13 and the defendant reasonably believed they were over 16. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which gives out compensation of up to £44,000 to victims of sexual abuse and other crimes, uses a different set of criteria to decide whether victims are eligible for compensation. In evidence submitted to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse last year, Barnardo’s said that CICA had responded to a claim from one of the children it supported by saying that “it considers consent as a question of fact, and this determines eligibility for compensation. “A victim can consent in fact even though in law they may be deemed not to have consented.” The charities say that as a result children are being made to feel that they are to blame for the abuse. last_img read more

Game of Thrones Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King

first_imgStay on target When Arya Stark killed the Night King in “The Long Night,” many Game of Thrones fans were shocked and did not expect her to save Winterfell. Now, Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik is explaining why we didn’t see how Arya Stark reached the Night King before the big moment.Arya Stark’s kill scene during “The Long Night” episode was a turning point for the Game of Thrones plot: When Bran Stark and the Night King are about to confront each other, Arya Stark suddenly comes out of nowhere and leaps toward the Night King. However, viewers know that it wasn’t the end for the heroine, who was held up by the Night King until she pulled her signature weapon move.“In the end we felt it didn’t matter how she got there — what mattered was setting up that moment when the Night King catches her mid-leap and we think she’s done for, then she pulls her knife switch and takes him out,” Sapochnik told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “I loved Maisie’s performance post the takedown as well, sharing a moment with her brother, Bran [Stark].”#MondayMotivation: #NotToday pic.twitter.com/90El60wkKG— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 29, 2019Sapochnik discussed why he scrapped a scene where Arya Stark would be shown traveling through the Weirwood forest, since it would destroy the timing of the Night King’s death.“I questioned everything and we worked long and hard to find the right balance of credibility versus wish fulfillment. Then we shot it and reshot it and found that what was really important was rhythm,” Sapochnik added. “At one point there was an elaborate plan to have her fight her way into the Weirwood forest, but as we progressed we realized she’d already done that earlier in the episode, so it felt like a repeat.”Even though Game of Thrones received mixed reviews for its last season, the series received 32 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama, Lead Actor in a Drama, and Lead Actress in a Drama. The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams Wished for One More Arya Stark Kill‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams: Arya’s Major Kill Was ‘Unexpected’‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Script Explains Why Drogon Burned the Iron Throne ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more